The Cultural Studies Student Organizing Committee (SOC) at George Mason University invites paper proposals for our 7th annual Cultural Studies Graduate Student Conference. The conference will take place on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.
At George Mason University, we acknowledge the need to specify Cultural Studies as an academic field with definable features and particular modes of methodological inquiry. In our view, Cultural Studies examines cultural objects as products of the wider social, historical, economic and political conditions that structure their formation, and acknowledges the interrelationship between these factors. In particular, Cultural Studies focuses on power relations and inequalities, which shape the horizon of possibilities for any cultural object at hand, be it a political discourse, an economic model, or a mass cultural product. As a field, Cultural Studies has expanded both geographically and theoretically, building upon its origins in the Birmingham Center for Contemporary Cultural Studies through the inclusion of a range of critical approaches including Marxist political economy, poststructuralism, feminism, critical theory and post-colonial studies. While the objects of Cultural Studies vary widely, the field aims at political relevance and efficacy.
In an attempt to establish a vibrant community for scholars working in precisely this interdisciplinary vein, the Cultural Studies Student Organizing Committee at George Mason University invites graduate students to submit research papers for a conference specifically oriented toward the examination of cultural objects, whether through Marxist, structuralist/poststructuralist, feminist, or other critical lenses. We encourage the submission of papers related, but not limited, to the following broad themes:
Mass & Popular Culture
Gender & Sexuality
Race & Ethnicity
Representation & Aesthetics
This year we also strongly encourage paper submissions that address the intersections of activism, culture, ethics and consumption.
Featuring Sarah Banet-Weiser as Distinguished Keynote Speaker, Dr. Banet-Weiser is a Professor in the School of Communication and the department of American Studies and Ethnicity at USC Annenberg. In 2012 she published two books: Authentic™: The Politics of Ambivalence in a Brand Culture, and Commodity Activism: Cultural Resistance in Neoliberal Times, co-edited with Roopali Muhkerjee.
Abstracts of no more than 300 words and a current CV should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by 15 June 2013. Please include presentation title, presenter's name, institutional affiliation, contact information, A/V requests, and any special needs required in the email. Abstracts should be sent as .doc or .rtf file attachments.
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